OUAC and OCAS dates for 2017
These are important dates in your application process. Please check them carefully and keep them in mind as you apply.
By the end of November 2016
You will receive your Application Access Code Letter from your guidance counsellor with your school number, student number and temporary PIN. Keep this letter for your records. You will need this information to apply.
January 11, 2017
Deadline to submit your completed application to the OUAC.
Note: The OUAC still processes applications received after this date and distributes them to the universities. However, specific university deadlines will apply.
The initial application includes all final grades from completed Grade 11 and 12 courses and a list of all current-year courses in progress.
January 19, 2017
Target date for Ontario universities to receive all application data and grades from the OUAC for all applications submitted by January 11, 2017.
February 3, 2017
Recommended last date for you to submit all information to the OUAC to be considered for early admission. This information includes university and program changes and additional active choices.
Note: This is not a deadline. The OUAC accepts and processes changes at any time.
March 1, 2017
Target date for Ontario universities to receive all final first-semester and current full-year grades for 4U/M courses from the OUAC.
May 4, 2017
Target date for Ontario universities to receive second-semester midterm and interim grades for full-year courses from the OUAC. Grades that the OUAC receives earlier will be sent to Ontario universities when received.
May 26, 2017
The latest date you can expect the following responses from an Ontario university:
- an offer of admission;
- a refusal; or
- a deferral, pending additional information.
June 1, 2017
The earliest date you may be required to respond to an Ontario university offer of admission and give a financial commitment (e.g., registration deposit, residence deposit, etc.).
All other admissions‑related elements, including scholarships, other forms of student assistance or financial incentives, and offers of residence, are considered part of the offer of admission. Therefore, you may accept these other offers prior to June 1, 2017, but Ontario universities will not compel a student in any way to make a decision earlier.
July 13, 2017
Target date for the OUAC to transmit all remaining final grades to the universities.
Early June to August 2017
The Admission Information Service (AIS) allows you to determine which Ontario universities still have spots available in first-year undergraduate programs.
When to Apply
As long as space remains in an Ontario college program, you may apply for it. However, there are some important dates to keep in mind, especially for popular programs that fill up quickly.
November 20, 2016: Colleges Begin Receiving Applications
In late November, ontariocolleges.ca begins transmitting application data to the colleges for the following academic year (August to July). This is the earliest date that colleges may acknowledge applications.
February 1, 2017: Equal Consideration Date
Apply on or before this date in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the following fall. After this date, colleges consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.
Note that applications to Highly Competitive Programs must be received by this date in order to be considered. As these programs receive a high volume of applicants, all seats may be filled by February 1.
Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications well before the Equal Consideration Date, as website volumes on the online application are at their highest at this time.
Many programs continue to accept applicants after February 1. Use our Find a Program tool at any time to find programs that are still open.
February 1, 2017: Earliest Offer Date
This is the earliest date that colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming academic year. Offers will continue to be issued until programs are filled or wait-lists are established.
May 1, 2017: Deadline to Confirm Offers of Admission
Applicants must confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission by this date. Log in to your ontariocolleges.ca account to confirm your offer.
Colleges may extend offers of admission after this date. Each college will set the deadline to confirm offers made after May 1, and this deadline will be communicated to you with your offer.
June 15, 2017: Tuition Deposit Due at the Colleges
The colleges require payment of a tuition deposit in mid-June to secure your spot in your program. Each college sets its own tuition deposit amount and payment deadline. This information will be communicated to you by the college.
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